SEN Information Report
What kind of SEN provision is available at Palatine Primary?
This is a maintained day special school for pupils aged 5-11 years. Pupils will be provided with an appropriately paced and differentiated curriculum. We currently have places for up to 129 pupils.
At Palatine Primary the pupils’ identified needs will be complex including: severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties or autistic spectrum conditions. These may include pupils with sensory or physical difficulties including visual impairments and hearing impairments. We also provide for pupils with specific learning difficulties and social communication difficulties. Pupils may also experience difficulties with behaviour. The admission arrangements for our pupils can be found on our website within the admission policy.
How will Palatine Primary identify and assess my child’s special needs?
All pupils will have been assessed for and have a statement of special educational needs or, from September 2014, an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
How does Palatine Primary evaluate the effectiveness of our provision?
We have robust procedures for self evaluation of our work, including using our School Improvement Partner, governors and external specialists to quality assure the work we do. In addition the school self-evaluation cycle is based upon the Ofsted evaluation schedule looking at the areas: Behaviour and Safety, Quality of Teaching, Achievement, and Leadership and Management.
How do I know how well my child is doing at Palatine Primary?
During the autumn term and spring term you will have an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. Once a year as part of the annual review you will be given a report which outlines the progress your child is making. You will also receive an end of year report. In addition to this you are welcome to discuss your child’s progress with school staff at any time.
How will the staff support my child and how will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
All planning is highly differentiated for each child and the support provided for each individual child is outlined in the statement/ EHCP/ care plan and individual learning plans for each child. School staff are supported by members of the NHS nursing team, SALT, physiotherapists, OTs and the community paediatrician and psychiatrist.
For those with the most complex needs multi disciplinary meetings are held on a regular to plan and review support. Pupil progress meetings are held for all pupils twice annually to support teaching staff in delivering high quality individualised learning for each child.
How do we adapt the curriculum at Palatine Primary?
Our curriculum is regularly reviewed and adapted to ensure it is exciting, relevant and individualised. We foster an enjoyment in learning while ensuring that the core skills of literacy, numeracy, life skills and social and emotional skills are developed.
What additional support for learning is available?
As part of the work of Palatine Primary we constantly review and adapt the support required for pupils with the aim of ensuring that all become as independent as possible. We work with other professionals to do this (SALT, OT, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, medical professionals across a range of disciplines).
What further activities are available in addition to the curriculum activities?
Palatine Primary runs a range of extended clubs such as trampolining, art, drama, cookery and football during lunchtime, that the children have had input into. There is at least one club per week that each child can access and enjoy. Pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to attend a residential.
What support is there for social and emotional development at Palatine Primary?
The development of social and emotional skills is at the very core of all our work. All the staff work with a clear behaviour policy that promotes pupil respect and decision making. Within the personal development curriculum social and emotional skills are a fundamental aspect of work. In addition each class works closely with families to support pupils. We can access music therapy and play therapy for pupils where appropriate. We also run nurture groups to support those pupils for whom it is helpful.
What training is provided to develop staff expertise?
All of our staff have undertaken significant training and qualifications and continue to do so throughout the academic year. Statutory training is undertaken and all develop their skills in curriculum delivery to enhance learning. In addition we provide training opportunities to those training to be teachers and nursery nurses. We also support professional learning throughout our Federation, Durrington Family Group and the wider special schools family in West Sussex. Our senior staff support colleagues in local schools too.
What equipment and facilities are there to support young people with special needs?
Palatine Primary is a fully equipped, generic special school with hygiene rooms, hydrotherapy pool, sensory rooms, soft play room, immersive room, sand and water room, ball park and specialist teaching rooms and a specialist outdoor learning environment including an area for ‘Forest Schools’.
The school is accessible to all.
How are families involved in the education of their children?
At Palatine Primary – parents are fully included in the process of working with their children.
Initial visits to school
Home visits for reception age children and introductory meetings for all
Home/school book for information exchanges and key messages
Twice a year parent/teacher meetings
A report at the end of the year
Annual Review meeting and report
Parent workshops and training
Parental Representation on Governing Body
Parent involvement in changes in school through informal and formal consultations
Regular questionnaires of families
Regular newsletter and text updates.
In addition to this there is the Friends of Palatine Primary, a charitable organisation that promotes our work and helps to raise funds to continually improve the school.
How do young people consulted about their views in relation to their education?
All pupils in our school are treated with dignity and respect. There is full personalisation of the curriculum for each pupil in order that they can access and experience success throughout their school life. The School Council invites pupils to contribute to and decide on aspects of school life relating to their needs. We have head girls and a head boy voted for from amongst the school community whose job it is to look after their fellow pupils and be positive role models to younger children. The assessment and annual review process of statements of SEN and EHCPs includes the choices and views of pupils.
What do I do if I have a concern about the provision at Palatine Primary?
In the first instance please contact your child’s class teacher. If you still have a concern then please contact the
Headteacher. There is a complaints policy available on our website.
What specialist services can be accessed at Palatine Primary?
The school receives advice from a range of health professionals in order to meet the needs of the pupils as assessed by the appropriate professionals. We have two nurses who work on our site, a team of speech and language therapists and we regularly hold multi disciplinary meetings to review pupils. In addition a range of specialist services can be accessed where they are written into the statement or EHCP.
What are the school’s arrangements for supporting pupils in transferring between phases of education or in preparing for adulthood?
All transitions are well planned for throughout school as pupils move from class to class and to a new key stage.
Pupils are increasingly supported in planning for their transition from primary to secondary. Transition experiences are provided for pupils and we work with secondary schools (especially Oak Grove College, (school within our federation) where the majority of our young people move onto) to ensure transition is as positive as possible for our young people as they leave primary provision. Pupils joining us in reception will have the opportunity to visit, receive a home visit and have a taster session prior to their September start. We work closely with families to ensure the move from part time to full time schooling is appropriate to the individual needs to the child. Pupils joining in other year groups will have sensitive, appropriate transition arrangements made depending upon their specific needs and circumstances.
Where can I get further information and support?
Click on the link below and this will take you to our website page where you will find our admission arrangements, equality policy and accessibility information.
Where can I get information about the LA local offer?
Click here and this will take you to the LA local offer page on the West Sussex website. https://westsussex.local-offer.org/